New dangerous currents program focuses on Great Lakes tourist areas

The Michigan Sea Grant program is leading a new public outreach project aimed at reducing the risk of drowning from dangerous currents, which occur throughout the Great Lakes and are especially common in the tourist areas along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

Michigan Sea Grant, a cooperative program between the U-M and Michigan State University, received two grants totaling $110,000 from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to fund its Dangerous Currents Outreach Project through 2015.

“A coordinated and concentrated effort with the right resources will help reduce the number of deaths due to dangerous currents, and Michigan Sea Grant is uniquely positioned to pull these partners and resources together with a common mission,” said Elizabeth LaPorte, communications and education services director at Michigan Sea Grant.

Recently, Michigan Sea Grant introduced new curricula to K-12 teachers at the Michigan Science Teachers Association annual conference. Sea Grant specialists will conduct additional workshops for state parks employees and others in 2014.

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